The invitation to Westminster comes after ALEP played a key role in legislative reform, which resulted in the amendment to the 1993 Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act being passed earlier this year, and confirms ALEP’s place at the forefront of the leasehold and enfranchisement industry.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon presided over proceedings, with the government represented by Brandon Lewis, MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government.
The agenda covered a number of topics currently facing the residential leasehold sector and included an overview from the Minister on the government’s current focus and action.
Matters discussed of particular interest to ALEP and its members included the issue of freeholder valuations with specific regard to counter notices, a planned health check for prospective leaseholders to support advice already available and discussions between the DCLG and LEASE regarding (paid-for) access to Tribunal decisions.
Alex Greenslade impressed upon the party the importance of considering long-term issues, particularly the matter of lease length, as well as those that might result in immediate resolution. He was also able to present the Minister and delegates with ALEP’s wish list of enfranchisement sector changes, as drawn up by its members over the past four years.
He says, “I was delighted to represent ALEP and our members at this important event and look forward to working with government and other industry bodies to negotiate our way through the complexities of leasehold reform for the benefit of our members and those they represent.”
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